Film (BA (Hons))

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

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Course starts
September

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About Film at University of Kent

For over 30 years, Kent has been at the forefront of developing film as an academic subject. Our expertise means that you have a wide choice of areas to discover. Explore film from its silent beginnings through to 3D CGI blockbusters, taking in avant-garde and international cinemas on your way, and find your own voice as a critic and a filmmaker. Why study Film at Kent? Combine theory and practice: Study film history and culture with practical film-making. Customise your programme with elective modules ranging from Hollywood to horror, location scouting and screenwriting to film sound. Explore fantastic facilities: our production spaces include soundproofed studios, chroma-key green screen and black serge cycloramas, an extensive lighting grid, individual edit suites and our own cinema that typically screens ten films a week. Learn from leading experts: Be taught by practitioners and researchers who contribute to contemporary debate through publications and meet industry specialists at regular careers events. Get career ready: Become part of a professional network with our excellent links to film bodies, such as the British Film Institute, Arts Council England and the Independent Cinema Office and Kent Film.Join our community: A creative hub for film, drama, media studies and art history, where you can engage in activities and societies, such as KTV and our student radio station and magazine. What you'll study Our degree is flexible: you study film theory but you also have the option to explore film practice – for example, through developing the skills of a film critic or getting involved in creative film production. In the first year, you cover the language of film (framing, sound, editing, performance, lighting), learn about the theory and the history of film, and can take a practical filmmaking module. In your second and final years, you have a huge range of modules to choose from, covering everything from avant-garde to animation, with a variety of practice modules too, including screenwriting and documentary film. It is possible to take this degree with a placement year to gain valuable work experience or combine the degree with a year of working or studying abroad. At the end of your course, you could even add a year in Computing, Data Analytics, Journalism or a Language to your degree. See the modules you'll study What our students say I learnt a lot about how to approach film both theoretically and in practice. Planning, research, and planning once again, I learnt, are the most important things when it comes to both filming practically and when planning for an essay. The ability to research and know how to research well is a key skill I use every day. - Marcus Brooker, Film graduate and professional videographer The School of Arts is a real community. If you need actors for your films, you ask the Drama students; if they need show-reels they ask us; and if you are looking for help with set design you talk to the art history students. I’ve made lots of friends in the School. We are also invited to guest lecturers by professionals in the arts, which are always very interesting. - Georgina Rehaag, current Film student Can't decide? Consider one of our joint-honours programmes, combining literature with a range of other arts-based subjects as well as literature or history. BA (Hons) Film and Media Studies BA (Hons) Art History and Film BA (Hons) Drama and Film BA (Hons) English Literature and Film BA (Hons) Comparative Literature and Film BA (Hons) Film and History

All modules involve lectures, small group seminars and film screenings (where relevant). On average, you have two lectures and three hours of seminars each week, plus four to six hours film viewing.

Depending on the modules you select, assessment varies from 100% coursework (extended essays or dissertation), to a combination of examination and coursework.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the different genres and the diversity of film forms
  • the historical evolution of particular genres, aesthetic traditions and film forms
  • the ways in which critical and cultural theories and concepts have developed within particular contexts
  • the cultural and social contexts which affect the meaning of film works
  • aesthetic judgement 
  • conceptualisations of pleasure and identification in film
  • narrative processes in film
  • modes of representation at work in film
  • film conventions
  • the ways in which different social groups may relate to, engage with and interact with film works.

Intellectual Skills

You gain the following intellectual abilities:

  • engage critically with major thinkers, debates, intellectual paradigms, and scholarly literature within the field
  • understand forms of film as they have emerged historically
  • examine the historical, social and cultural contexts of such forms
  • analyse closely, interpret, and undertake critical evaluation
  • critically reflect upon your own work
  • carry out various forms of research for essays, projects, creative productions or dissertations involving sustained independent enquiry
  • formulate apposite research questions and employ appropriate methods and resources to explore them
  • evaluate and draw upon the range of sources and the conceptual frameworks appropriate to research in a chosen area
  • draw and reflect upon the relevance and impact of your own cultural assumptions to the practice of research.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

  • analysing and interpreting sounds and images in time and space
  • understanding and knowledge of narrative and stylistic forms and structures in film and television
  • bringing together ideas from various sources of knowledge and different academic disciplines
  • articulating understanding of visual and oral media in a written medium
  • effectively deploying terms and concepts specific to the study of film and television
  • where practice modules are undertaken: producing work which demonstrates the effective manipulation of sound, image, performance and, where appropriate, the written word
  • utilising effectively relevant technical concepts and theories
  • producing work showing competence in the operational skills of screen production and post-production technologies
  • initiating, developing and realising distinctive and creative work through group collaboration
  • managing time, personnel and resources effectively
  • demonstrating an understanding of communicative strategies specific to film
  • producing work informed by, and contextualised within, relevant theoretical debates you have studied within the programme as a whole.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • working in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, including time-management and self-direction, sustaining focus and applying attention to detail
  • organising and managing supervised, self-directed projects and researching and evaluating sources in the process of carrying out independent study
  • communicating effectively and appropriately orally and in writing and, where undertaken, in other media
  • identifying issues and questions and gathering, organising and deploying knowledge and ideas to formulate cogent analysis and arguments, making subtle and discriminating comparisons and applying interpretive skills in diverse situations and contexts
  • working productively in a group, and displaying an ability, at different times to listen, contribute and lead effectively
  • showing insight in, and understanding of, the social and ethical issues surrounding contemporary communications, media, culture and society
  • information technology, such as word-processing, using the internet and, where undertaken, digital technology in relation to practice.

The programme aims to:

  • produce graduates with an informed, critical, analytical and creative approach to understanding film as cultural and aesthetic expressive media
  • develop students' creative, intellectual, analytical and research skills
  • develop existing and new areas of teaching in response to the advance of research and scholarship within the subject as well as new developments in film
  • widen participation in higher education among a diverse body of students
  • develop students' knowledge and skills in film studies
  • encourage students' critical, analytical and creative skills in relation to film study and, where undertaken, in relation to screen production
  • develop students' ability to think independently and flexibly
  • enhance awareness of, and sensitivity to, the contexts of production and consumption of film
  • develop students' interpersonal skills and interaction and their reflexiveness in individual and group work.

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